You have the right to seek compensation for your car accident injuries even if you were a passenger. In Ohio, an accident victim typically files a claim against the negligent party’s insurance company. This means that even if your friend or family member caused the accident, you do not need to worry about causing them financial or emotional distress.
All Parties Can File Suit
Under Ohio law, anyone who has suffered harm because of a car accident can file suit against the person who caused the collision. Even if you were a passenger in a vehicle that you do not own, you can take legal action against the guilty party’s insurer.
Experience With All Kinds of Vehicles
Depending on the kind of vehicle involved, you may have different legal options. For example, a lawsuit against a commercial transport operation may involve the driver and the company that owned the vehicle. Last year, a Cleveland man won a significant settlement against a bus company because it failed to enforce safety regulations, resulting in a serious accident in Pennsylvania.
An accident that involves a motorcycle may also have significant complexity because insurance company agents do not always understand how to ride a motorcycle safely. During a legal claim, insurance agents may cause you undue stress by challenging the actions of the rider. As a passenger, you have the same right to request financial assistance as with any other collision, and a car accident lawyer can make sure your story is heard.
Regardless of the type of transport, you have legal recourse to get compensation if you were a passenger in a car accident.
What to Do After an Accident
At Friedman, Domiano & Smith, we help passengers in car accidents to receive compensation whether the vehicle was a car, truck, bus, van, motorcycle or any other type of transportation. In order to get the help you need, take these steps after a car accident:
- Call police
- Seek medical attention and comply with requests from law enforcement
- Make sure you have information on your driver and the car you are in
- Take pictures of the accident scene and get contact information from witnesses
- Document any details you remember
I was a passenger in an auto accident and the driver was not insured. What should I do?
Being involved in an auto accident can be scary if you’re the driver or a passenger. If you are a passenger, it is important to know what to do if the driver doesn’t have insurance.
In a situation where you are the passenger and the driver wasn’t insured, you should speak with an attorney who should help investigate the case.
However, it depends whether or not your driver was at fault. If your driver was not at fault, then you can make a claim against the insurance company for the other driver involved in the accident.
What if I have coverage?
If your driver was at fault and doesn’t have insurance and if you have uninsured motorist coverage, then that’s something you should look into and you may be able to make the claim.
This can get a little complicated, so it is important to speak with someone who has experience in this area.
Contact us as soon as possible. At FDS Law, we have a “no fee if no recovery” policy, which means you don’t pay us anything until you get an accident settlement. It is risk-free to call us, and it is to your benefit to retain legal representation as soon as possible.
To learn more about your rights after you’ve been a passenger in a car accident, contact FDS Law today.